Getting JobKeeper Payment

How income from JobKeeper Payment can affect Centrelink payments.

From 28 September 2020, you must start meeting mutual obligation requirements. This may apply to you if you get JobKeeper Payment and an income support payment, like JobSeeker Payment.

You can start a claim for JobSeeker Payment up to 13 weeks before your circumstances change. Read more about starting your JobSeeker Payment claim early.

You must report income from JobKeeper Payment to us if you get an income support payment. Read about how to report income from JobKeeper Payment.

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) pays JobKeeper Payment to your eligible employer. Your employer will tell you if they’re eligible and pay you JobKeeper Payment as part of your usual wages.

Talk to your employer to find out if they're going to pay you JobKeeper Payment. If your employment situation has changed your current employer can nominate you for JobKeeper Payment. They can do this even if you were getting JobKeeper Payment from your previous employer. However, you can only get JobKeeper Payment from one employer at any given time.

You should speak with your employer if you have any questions about JobKeeper Payment. You don’t need to call or visit us.

Read more about JobKeeper Payment for employees on the ATO website.

How to choose the right payment for you

Currently most people can’t get both:

  • JobKeeper Payment from an employer
  • an income support payment from us.

Speak with your employer first to see if they’re getting JobKeeper Payment. There are upcoming changes to eligibility and payment rates for JobKeeper Payment.

Your JobKeeper Payment may stop if your employer is no longer eligible to get it or you stop working for them. Talk to your employer about how these changes will impact your job and your income.

If you get JobKeeper Payment from your employer

You may earn too much to get a payment from us. If you’ve already applied for an income support payment you can withdraw your claim using your Centrelink online account.

If you get an income support payment you must report income you and your partner earn. You can also cancel your payment. This helps you avoid being overpaid or having a debt you have to pay back.

If your JobKeeper payments stop and you need financial help, use our guide to check what you can get.

If you need to claim JobSeeker Payment you can start an early claim. You can do this up to 13 weeks before either:

  • the date you know your employer will stop paying you
  • your income from JobKeeper Payment changes

  • your work hours reduce.

How it affects your income support payment

Income reporting

Make sure you report any income you or your partner get from your employer. This includes JobKeeper Payment. If you don’t report it, we'll pay you too much and you may get a debt to pay back.

We may give you a lower rate or stop your payment if your income is too high.

Read about how to report JobKeeper income.

Mutual obligation requirements

Currently, if you get JobKeeper Payment, you don’t have to meet mutual obligation requirements. You don’t need to look for work or attend appointments with an employment services provider.

How it affects your family assistance payments

Money your employer pays you through JobKeeper Payment is income. You should include it in your income estimate for Family Tax Benefit and Child Care Subsidy.

You can’t get JobKeeper Payment if you’re getting Parental Leave Pay or Dad and Partner Pay from us.

Page last updated: 18 September 2020